Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Position Category
Job Type
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
variable, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday, occasional weekends and evenings
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Postdoctoral position available immediately in the Purdy Lab to work on M. tuberculosis host-pathogen interactions and cell wall biogenesis.


Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death due to infectious disease. Mycobacterial membrane protein large (MmpL) transporters export essential and virulence-associate lipids to the M. tuberculosis cell wall. Current projects 1) define how these cell wall lipids are synthesized and their roles in replication and non-replicating persistence, 2) demonstrate the role of phosphorylation in regulating the function of MmpL proteins 3) identify interacting partners of MmpL proteins.

Function/Duties of Position

The Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Department at Oregon Health and Science University is committed to providing excellent research training for postdoctoral fellows. The candidate will benefit from both the highly interactive group of PIs within the MMI department that focus on host-pathogen interactions and the close group of TB research laboratories in the OHSU community. Duties of the position include:

  • Use a wide range of molecular, biochemical, and microbiological techniques to advance scientific knowledge of mycobacterial biology and aid in the drug discovery process.
  • Conduct experiments, and collect and analyze experimental data for the research project.
  • Maintain a laboratory book reporting all research conducted as part of project.
  • Prepare and present papers, reports, and presentations of current research work.
  • Participate in preparation of grant applications.

Additional safety training will be required to work with cell lines/ infectious bacteria or viruses/ working with in a BSL-3/ABSL3 laboratory. Personal protective equipment must be worn as required. (Gloves, mask/respirator, eyewear, lab coat,  etc). This position must be able to become medically qualified to wear respiratory and protection equipment in a BSL3/ABSL3 laboratory. Vaccination against various pathogens as required by regulatory agencies or IBC, is required.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field of science
  • Willing to work in a BSL3/ABSL3 laboratory with potential direct or indirect with human and/or animal pathogens
  • Able to join the OHSU Occupational Health Program including Respiratory Fit-testing and TB testing

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD graduate within last 1 year
  • PhD in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry
  • Previous experience in bacterial pathogenesis, particularly with BSL3 pathogens
  • Experience working in microbial genetics, biochemistry, or with pathogenic organisms
  • Ability to organize and prioritize own work, and willingness to learn new skills
  • Strong communication skills as evidenced by publications and effective oral presentations

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please submit a cover letter and list of 3 references along with a copy of your CV.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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